Lemonis Off to a Winning Start
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 26
|Olympiacos||2 - 1||Platanias|
|Manousos (p) 45'
Recently-appointed Olympiacos coach Takis Lemonis got off to a winning start in the first game of this third spell at the Piraeus club after the SuperLeague leaders came from behind to defeat playoff chasing Platanias 2-1 in Saturday’s late match.
Lemonis was given a hero's welcome as he appeared to take his place in the dugout just before the kick-off at the Georgios Karaiskakis stadium, but the script did not go to plan at first after the stuttering hosts fell behind to striker Giorgos Manousos’ penalty strike for Platanias on the stroke of half-time.
The spot-kick was correctly awarded after Diogo Figueiras handled the ball in his own penalty area. Despite that blow, Olympiacos came out for the second half a more determined side and Kostas Fortounis played them back into the match with a strong run and pass to release Marko Marin who levelled with a clinical strike.
Platanias were put on the back foot from that moment on as the home crowd got behind Lemonis and his players, and it came is little surprise when the Red and Whites scored again three minutes after the hour mark.
The goal came about after some neat interplay between Portugal midfielder Andre Martins and Figueiras, who made up for his handball by squaring the ball perfectly for Olympiacos’ Togo defender Alaixys Romao to tap home.
The win was a much-needed one for the home side, who had come under increased pressure having lost four of their last six matches, including three ‘derby’ contests against AEK, PAOK and Panathinaikos.
Olympiacos are now nine points clear of second-placed Panionios, who host Atromitos on Sunday, with four matches to play, while tonight’s result leaves Platanias outside the playoff places in seventh.